D.C. Lawmakers Approve “Right to Die” Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – District of Columbia residents with less than six months to live would be able to request lethal medication from their doctors under a bill approved by lawmakers.

The D.C. Council approved the so-called “right to die” bill Tuesday in an 11-to-2 vote. Council members will vote on it again before sending it to Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser, but as it stands the margin is veto-proof. Bowser has not taken a position on the bill, and opponents have urged her to veto it.

Physician-assisted death is legal in five states, and several others are considering legislation.

In the District, opponents expressed concern that lower-income residents would be pushed to end their lives prematurely rather than undergo costly treatment. Supporters said those concerns are unfounded.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s